Virginia Laws & Details
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Formal Education Requirements: Graduation from an ACAOM-accredited
program of at least 1,000 hours including 700 didactic and 250 clinical
hours in no less than 18 months. Individuals who graduated after
July 1, 1990 must document 90 semester credit hours of full-time
Applicants who have graduated from an acupuncture program in candidacy with ACAOM
shall be eligible for licensure provided the program is subsequently
granted accreditation within 3 years of applicant's education.
Applicants who have graduated from non-ACAOM accredited schools must have completed a course of study equivalent to graduates of approved institutions.
Undergraduate Requirements: None.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must also complete a CCAOM
clean needle technique course. Applicants who are foreign
educated must demonstrate a satisfactory score on either the TOEFL or
the TSE. Applicants applying to practice as an acupuncturist
whose native language is not English and whose acupuncture education
was also not in English shall be exempt from the requirement for TSE or
TOEFL if the majority of his or her clients speak the language of the
Written Exam: The NCCAOM exam in acupuncture.
Practical Exam: The NCCAOM PEPLS.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and podiatrists may
practice acupuncture in Virginia with a minimum of 200 hours of
instruction in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Podiatrists may use acupuncture only for treatment of pain originating in the human foot.
NOTE: Look for a physician with formal
training in the practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture and Oriental
medicine is an art and a science that takes years to master.
While any licensed physician can stick needles into you, for a positive
experience and results, find an acupuncturist with experience treating a similar condition (with acupuncture) to what you have.
Viginia Board of Medicine
6603 West Broad St., 5th Fl.
Richmond, VA 23230-1712
(804) 662-7281 (Fax)
(804) 662-7197 (TDD)
Practice Act: Title 18 VAC 85-110-10 et seq.
Acupuncture Society of Virginia
P.O. Box 1671
Vienna, VA 22183
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